Analysis of Community Attitudes on Substance Abuse
Sarasota Coalition on Substance Abuse, Inc. (SCoSA) was interested
in learning more about the community’s attitudes toward substance
abuse and perceptions of SCoSA and its role in Sarasota County.
SCoSA conducted a series on focus groups in September, 2004. The
groups were composed of representatives of key stakeholder groups
that included law enforcement, fire and rescue, judicial system,
city and county government, school administration, healthcare, the
media, and business. We are using the findings of their discussions
to strengthen our strategic and development planning processes.
Community Report Card
SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence) is a nonprofit
organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in
Sarasota County through processes that engage residents. They create
the Community Report Card as a tool that people in our community
can use to better understand Sarasota County. The report is filled
with well over 100 community indicators
that annually reflect trends across many facets of community life.
These community indicators are bits of information that tell stories
about the place in which we live. The indicators show us where we
stand today and also where we have been. Click on the link below
for the Community Report Card, which is available in PDF
Community Outcome Targets
In December 2003, the Community Alliance adopted a set of community
outcome targets. Many of these have a relationship to substance
abuse and addiction. In February 2004, additional outcome targets
were added in the areas of Positive Youth Development, Substance
Abuse, Healthcare and Abuse, Neglect and Violent Behavior. Click
on the link below for this document, which is available in PDF format.
The Community Alliance's Planning and Outcome Work Group is currently
working together with Sarasota County's Human Services Advisory
Council and SCOPE to develop additional outcome targets. The work
group is utilizing the results of a survey conducted among 9th and
11th graders in the Sarasota County Public School system in January
2003. The link below shows "The Communities That Care Sarasota
County High Schools Youth Survey" report, which is available
in PDF format.
The results of the survey conducted in December 2003 among 6th
and 8th graders in the Sarasota County Public School system is pending.
We will provide an update once the results are available for release.
Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS)
The Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey is a collaborative effort
between the Florida Departments of Health, Education, Children and
Families, Juvenile Justice, and the Governor's Office of Drug Control.
The survey is based on the "Communities That Care® (CTC)"
survey, assessing risk and protective factors for substance abuse,
in addition to substance abuse prevalence. The survey was first
administered to Florida's middle and high school students during
the 1999-2000 school years, and is repeated annually in the spring.
In even years, the CTC survey is administered simultaneously with
the Florida Youth Tobacco Survey. They sample enough students to
generate data applicable at the County and Florida Department of
Children and Families district levels. In odd years, the Youth Risk
Behavior Survey and the Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey
are also added to the CTC survey. All surveys are administered to
a statewide sample of students. For details on the FYSAS survey,
click the link below.
Risk and Protective Factor Indicators
The Development Services Group Model has identified several community
indictors to evaluate risk and protective factors. The indicators
outline factors that may promote undesirable youth behavior and
factors that may protect youth from harmful and unhealthy behaviors.
SCoSA and Sarasota County Juvenile Justice Council’s Prevention
Policy Board utilized these forms to assist in the identification
of critical areas and the creation of the County’s Three Year
Plan for Juvenile Delinquency Prevention. Furthermore, we will evaluate
our prevention efforts by monitoring these indicators.
Risk Factor Indicators
Protection Factor Indicators
Sarasota County Prevention Policy Board and the Three Year
Plan for Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
The purpose of the Sarasota County Prevention Policy Board was
to develop the Three Year Plan for Juvenile Delinquency Prevention,
ensure its implementation, and accomplish the Board’s mission.
The 3-Year Plan, as it is commonly known, provides information on
services for youth, ages 0 to 15, in two target communities: North
Sarasota (zip code 34234) and North Port (zip code 34287).
The Plan focuses upon reduction of the most elevated risk factors:
Community Crime; Negative Attitudes towards School/School Dropout;
and Antisocial Behavior/Early Onset of Alcohol and Other Drug Use.
Additionally, it focuses upon the increase of the most suppressed
protective factors: Community Opportunities for Participation; High
Expectations (in School); and Social Competencies. Through the promotion
of evidence-based practices we expect to achieve the outcomes stated
in the Plan. The Sarasota County Juvenile Justice Council has oversight
Three Year Plan:
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Better Futures Report and Resource Pamphlet